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## Random Number Generator

 Author Message todd.ayers SSC Eights! Group: General Forum Members Points: 963 Visits: 120 Actually I am having to wait until my support desk can download the SQL development tools to my desktop on Thursday morning. Once they do I will be testing it... so I will let you know how it works... Thx Again!!!! todd.ayers SSC Eights! Group: General Forum Members Points: 963 Visits: 120 We are currently using Access 2007 but the powers that be want us to move to a SQL Server backend and have access 2007 basically lay over the top of it as a front end option... so Im sure I will be posting alot on here cause I dont know SQL yet... kritika SSC Journeyman Group: General Forum Members Points: 83 Visits: 335 really a nice solution:-) todd.ayers SSC Eights! Group: General Forum Members Points: 963 Visits: 120 Well, I have finally had a chance to test this and I keep getting an error message saying: Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 53Incorrect syntax near ')'.I don't see anything wrong with the code though dwain.c SSC-Forever Group: General Forum Members Points: 44135 Visits: 6431 ChrisM@Work (4/30/2013)todd.ayers (4/30/2013)I am trying to create a random number generator that would populate a number between 8-48 to 9 different lanes with the only criteria being that each lane number cannot be within 5 of any lane within 3 spaces of it. So what I mean is if lane 4 has a number of 30 then lane 1-2-3 and lane 5-6-7 cannot be within 5 of lane 4's number. Hope this makes sense and any help would be sincerely appreciated....No problem. Folks here love this sort of question! Here's a solution for openers:`;WITH SemiRandomNumbers AS ( SELECT Lane = 8 + ABS(CHECKSUM(NEWID()))%41 FROM syscolumns a)SELECT *FROM (SELECT ID = 1 UNION ALL SELECT 2 UNION ALL SELECT 3 UNION ALL SELECT 4) sCROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane1 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers --ORDER BY (SELECT NULL)) l1CROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane2 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers r WHERE NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l1.Lane1-5 AND l1.Lane1+5)) l2CROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane3 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers r WHERE NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l1.Lane1-5 AND l1.Lane1+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l2.Lane2-5 AND l2.Lane2+5)) l3CROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane4 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers r WHERE NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l1.Lane1-5 AND l1.Lane1+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l2.Lane2-5 AND l2.Lane2+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l3.Lane3-5 AND l3.Lane3+5)) l4CROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane5 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers r WHERE NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l2.Lane2-5 AND l2.Lane2+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l3.Lane3-5 AND l3.Lane3+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l4.Lane4-5 AND l4.Lane4+5)) l5CROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane6 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers r WHERE NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l3.Lane3-5 AND l3.Lane3+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l4.Lane4-5 AND l4.Lane4+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l5.Lane5-5 AND l5.Lane5+5)) l6CROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane7 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers r WHERE NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l4.Lane4-5 AND l4.Lane4+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l5.Lane5-5 AND l5.Lane5+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l6.Lane6-5 AND l6.Lane6+5)) l7CROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane8 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers r WHERE NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l5.Lane5-5 AND l5.Lane5+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l6.Lane6-5 AND l6.Lane6+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l7.Lane7-5 AND l7.Lane7+5)) l8CROSS APPLY ( SELECT TOP 1 Lane9 = Lane FROM SemiRandomNumbers r WHERE NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l6.Lane6-5 AND l6.Lane6+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l7.Lane7-5 AND l7.Lane7+5) AND NOT (r.Lane BETWEEN l8.Lane8-5 AND l8.Lane8+5)) l9`That is a brilliant solution Chris!And here I thought when I pulled up this thread I could make a shameless plug for my random numbers article (in my signature).Thanks by the way for the nice plug in your signature for my rCTEs article. My mantra: No loops! No CURSORs! No RBAR! Hoo-uh!My thought question: Have you ever been told that your query runs too fast?My advice:INDEXing a poor-performing query is like putting sugar on cat food. Yeah, it probably tastes better but are you sure you want to eat it?The path of least resistance can be a slippery slope. Take care that fixing your fixes of fixes doesn't snowball and end up costing you more than fixing the root cause would have in the first place.Need to UNPIVOT? Why not CROSS APPLY VALUES instead?Since random numbers are too important to be left to chance, let's generate some!Learn to understand recursive CTEs by example.Splitting strings based on patterns can be fast!My temporal SQL musings: Calendar Tables, an Easter SQL, Time Slots and Self-maintaining, Contiguous Effective Dates in Temporal Tables ChrisM@Work SSC Guru Group: General Forum Members Points: 96684 Visits: 20692 todd.ayers (5/22/2013)Well, I have finally had a chance to test this and I keep getting an error message saying: Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 53Incorrect syntax near ')'.I don't see anything wrong with the code thoughWhat version of SQL Server are you connecting to, Todd? “Write the query the simplest way. If through testing it becomes clear that the performance is inadequate, consider alternative query forms.” - Gail ShawFor fast, accurate and documented assistance in answering your questions, please read this article.Understanding and using APPLY, (I) and (II) Paul White Hidden RBAR: Triangular Joins / The "Numbers" or "Tally" Table: What it is and how it replaces a loop Jeff ModenExploring Recursive CTEs by Example Dwain Camps ChrisM@Work SSC Guru Group: General Forum Members Points: 96684 Visits: 20692 dwain.c (5/22/2013)...That is a brilliant solution Chris!And here I thought when I pulled up this thread I could make a shameless plug for my random numbers article (in my signature).Thanks by the way for the nice plug in your signature for my rCTEs article.Thanks Dwain! I get a warm fuzzy feeling inside when I write a query which you can tell at a glance what it's supposed to do ;-) “Write the query the simplest way. If through testing it becomes clear that the performance is inadequate, consider alternative query forms.” - Gail ShawFor fast, accurate and documented assistance in answering your questions, please read this article.Understanding and using APPLY, (I) and (II) Paul White Hidden RBAR: Triangular Joins / The "Numbers" or "Tally" Table: What it is and how it replaces a loop Jeff ModenExploring Recursive CTEs by Example Dwain Camps todd.ayers SSC Eights! Group: General Forum Members Points: 963 Visits: 120 I am running SQL Server 2012 ChrisM@Work SSC Guru Group: General Forum Members Points: 96684 Visits: 20692 todd.ayers (5/22/2013)Well, I have finally had a chance to test this and I keep getting an error message saying: Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 53Incorrect syntax near ')'.I don't see anything wrong with the code thoughI get the same error message if I comment out the last line of the query:`Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 53Incorrect syntax near ')'.`;-) “Write the query the simplest way. If through testing it becomes clear that the performance is inadequate, consider alternative query forms.” - Gail ShawFor fast, accurate and documented assistance in answering your questions, please read this article.Understanding and using APPLY, (I) and (II) Paul White Hidden RBAR: Triangular Joins / The "Numbers" or "Tally" Table: What it is and how it replaces a loop Jeff ModenExploring Recursive CTEs by Example Dwain Camps todd.ayers SSC Eights! Group: General Forum Members Points: 963 Visits: 120 Well.... It's good to know that I'm not doing something wrong then.....Btw what do you mean when you say "if I comment out the last line"?